Knowing how to clean beauty blenders with these different methods will help save you time and money and improve your skin
Knowing how to clean beauty blenders with these simple tips will not only save you time, it could save you money.
Dirty sponges don’t last as long as clean blenders, plus they’re a breeding ground for bacteria and dirt.
This could mean that all that money you’re spending on cleansers, spot creams, and exfoliators is being wasted if you’re not keeping your tools clean.
Below we’ve outlined three methods, depending on how much time you have when you come to clean your beauty blenders.
We’ve also revealed our pick of the best cleansers and soaps based on our real-world tests.
Alternatively, read how to clean makeup brushes.
Cost: Around £5/$5 for the soap/cleanser | Time: 10-15 minutes
The first way to clean beauty blenders is called the soap method. The best kinds of soaps to use are relatively low-strength ones, using powerful soap is more likely to dry out the sponge or break down the material entirely (products like Irish Spring Deodorant Soap, Johnson’s Baby Shampoo or any of the beautyblender beautycleanser range are ideal).
How to clean beauty blenders with soap
This method shows how to clean beauty blenders if you’ve got time to do a proper job and a fair amount of energy.
Cost: Around £5/$5 for the soap/cleanser | Time: 1 hour+
The soaking method shows how to clean beauty blenders with minimal effort, but is the longest method of the lot.
How to clean beauty blenders using the soaking method
Cost: Around £5/$5 for the soap/cleanser | Time: 1 minute
This is certainly not a manufacturer-approved lesson in how to clean beauty blenders but it’s a popular, incredibly fast choice that proves popular online. The reason it’s not advisable is that the heat can damage the beauty blender and, if used too often, could see it start to flake or disintegrate. Not to mention the fact it’s dangerous.
How to clean beauty blenders using a microwave:
We don’t recommend doing it this way, but if you’re going to do it, then at least do it safely following these steps:
Cost: Around £39.99 for the StylPro kit | Time: 5 minutes
One of the worst things about cleaning beauty blenders isn’t the washing itself, it’s the time it takes for the sponges to dry. If you have the budget, we recommend you invest in the StylPro Spin and Squeeze.
It features an electric attachment that spins either your makeup brushes, or your beauty sponges so fast, using centrifugal force, that it strips all of the water or soap/cleanser out of them.
You can watch out TikTok review of the Spin and Squeeze below or keep reading to get the step-by-step guide on how to use.
@victoria_woolly_web I was a bit skeptical and it’s a LOT more faff than simply washing it with soap. It also adds more things to wash 😅 (including my mirror when it splashed all over the place…) however the use of centrifugal force to dry the sponge is a game changer. Especially if I realise at the last minute that all my sponges are dirty this isn’t an ad but it was gifted. I think I’ll probably still wash my sponges like normal but use this to dry them 💁🏼♀️ @STYLPRO by STYLIDEAS @Coco Cosmetics by Chloe #mamabella #stylpro #stylprosqueeze #beautyblender #beautyblendercleaning #spongesqueezing #cleansponges #beautysponge #cococosmeticsbychloe #cococosmetics ♬ I’ll Be Around (feat. Timbaland) (Radio Mix) – Cee-Lo
How to clean beauty blenders using the StylPro Spin and Squeeze:
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